Alfred George BROWN

BROWN, Alfred George

Service Numbers: 6138 335, 335
Enlisted: 5 November 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, 5 January 1892
Home Town: Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Hawthorn College, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Coronary sclerosis, myocardial degeneration, cardiac failure following operation, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, 17 September 1965, aged 73 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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World War 1 Service

5 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6138 335
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, SN 335, 17th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, SN 335, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Robyn Watters

Alfred George Brown enlisted under the alias of 'Alfred George Payne'.  His true identity came to light when he became the President of the sub-branch of Moulamein RSSAILA and again when he entered the Repatriation Hospital at Heidelberg, Victoria.  His repatriation file lodged at the National Archives of Australia reveals the initial confusion with the name change and reconciliation between 'Payne' and 'Brown'.  This had to be addressed so that he could enter the Repat Hospital after becoming amnesiac.  

In between discharge from the Army and entering hospital, he worked as a labourer in rural NSW.  He was taken back to Victoria when the metal plate (inserted in the brain to stem a Western Front injury) slipped many years later resulting in amnesia.  His brothers who hadn't seen him in years managed his affairs and his neice (Dorothy Brown Watters) and nephew (Bill Brown) stepped in to help as well.